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City 'Error': Kahuku is #1 Landfill Site, not Ameron
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 5120 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Now Carlisle will be able to 'ride to the rescue' of the Windward Shore as well as 'saving' Kailua and Kaneohe when he renews Waimanalo Gulch.  What a charade!

news release from SMS research April 24, 2012

The final ranking of the landfill sites is hereby released to the media and is different from the preliminary ranking that was discussed at the April 20th Mayor's Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting. The difference was caused by a data error that occurred while updating the software program during that meeting.

"Working with the Committee, I made data entries in real time and while doing so, an inadvertent data error occurred," said Mr. Dannemiller of SMS. "Per SMS policy, we verified the data integrity over the weekend. During this procedure I discovered the error and corrected it. The final ranking has been thoroughly verified."

The data error does not affect the integrity of the Committee's process of incorporating community input, weighting the criteria, and overall ranking that has proven to work well and will continue to be used. The Committee will meet very shortly to review the final ranking released today.

As the Committee and City and County of Honolulu (City) has continually confirmed during its meetings, this phase of community ranking is only the first step of a complex process of site reviews. The sites must still undergo cultural, historical, archaeological, engineering, financial and legal reviews and more before final site conclusions are reached.

R. M. Towill Corporation (RMTC) was commissioned by the City as prime consultant responsible for working with the Committee and City to provide technical support during the site identification and ranking process. SMS Research serves as a subconsultant to RMTC responsible for statistical analysis and support. The Committee was tasked with developing and applying community-based criteria to identify and rank potential landfill sites.

The nine member committee came up with a list of 19 different criteria. Things like proximity to homes, schools and tourist attractions as well has rainfall, impact on endangered species and cost.

Click HERE to see the updated site scores sheet

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KFVE: Dump Debacle; Kahuku and not Kailua tops landfill list

"That's a real challenge, and that's why I'm saying as you look at this I'm concerned that ultimately those locations will not be possible to be used. Then it will put the target right back at Ameron Quarry," said Cynthia Thielen, State Representative serving residents in Kailua and Kaneohe. "These top five are just wrong," she added.

CB: Kahuku Now Top Site for Landfill After 'Data Error' Corrected

A military site in Kahuku has replaced a Kailua quarry as Honolulu's top choice for a new landfill. But that doesn't mean Kailua should start celebrating.

The committee in charge of ranking potential landfill sites took a year and a half to complete its evaluation — the second time the process has been undertaken during the past decade. But a city consultant told reporters Wednesday that he made a data error and that last week’s announcement that Ameron Quarry in Kailua had outscored 11 other potential sites for Oahu’s new landfill was wrong.



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